8 Free Cybersecurity Resources For Risk Managers & CISOs

Anyone who works in cybersecurity or organizational risk on a regular basis knows how valuable it is to stay up to date on the latest research. If you’re curious about a specific topic—anything from vendor security assessments to ransomware—or you want to improve your vendor risk management program, take a look at the cybersecurity resources and tips below. We’ve rounded up BitSight’s most frequently downloaded guides, white papers, and research insights. And the best part? They’re all free.

8 Cybersecurity Resources For Risk Managers & CISOs

1. 40 Questions You Should Have In Your Vendor Security Assessment

Part of creating a comprehensive vendor risk management program is digging into your vendor’s security posture, and one of the ways to go about this is by simply asking the right questions. But do you know which questions are going to dig up the most vital information? If you’re even slightly unsure, this is the perfect ebook for you.

2. Reporting Cybersecurity To The Board: A CISO’s Go-To Guide

If you were in this field 10 or 15 years ago, you’re well aware that cybersecurity held little significance in the boardroom. Today, boards know that a great deal of liability could arise from a data incident, and take this potential risk seriously. This shift is highlighted by the fact that CISOs are frequently asked to report on cybersecurity to the board. If you’re in this position, you’ll want to prepare adequately—this guide will give you detailed instructions on how to do just that (and do it effectively).

3. 12 Cybersecurity Metrics Your Vendors (And You) Should Be Watching

You’ve made cybersecurity a priority but in order for your data to remain safe, you must ensure your vendors follow suit. This guide describes three ways you (or one of your third parties) could experience a cybersecurity incident. It also gives 12 specific cybersecurity metrics your vendors (and your organization) should put in place, and explains why each should be considered.

4. 5 Ways Your Vendor Risk Management Program Leaves You In The Dark (& What You Can Do About It)

Ask yourself this: Would you actually know if your organization’s vendor risk management program had missing pieces that could shed light on critical vendor information? If you’re being honest, the answer is probably no. We created this guide to offer some clear, practical ways you can make your VRM program top-of-the-line, so you can stop wrestling with vendor responses, frustrating questionnaires, and more.

5. A Security Manager’s Guide To Vendor Risk Management

Your extended enterprise is a web of partners and vendors. This both extends the capabilities of your organization and places more risk on your organization’s data. With that in mind, this all-inclusive guide will walk you through questions you should ask your vendors, risk vectors to consider, and the impact of continuous monitoring software on your organization.

6. Will Healthcare Be The Next Retail?

In this intriguing BitSight Insights report, our data scientists analyzed the security performance of companies in the financial, utility, retail, and healthcare sectors to find the top (and bottom) performers, malware prevalent in each industry, and which industries are most susceptible to breach.

7. The Rising Face Of Cyber Crime: Ransomware

Ransomware is an increasingly popular threat in the cybersecurity world. This BitSight Insights report examines this growing trend and identifies the industries targeted most, the rate of ransomware growth, how businesses can directly mitigate the threat of ransomware infections, and much more.

8. Making Risk Management More Effective With Security Ratings

BitSight Security Ratings offer a way for forward-thinking companies to identify vendors that are putting data at risk, highlight security issues to board members and executives, and measure your security posture over time in a simple way. This white paper walks through specifically how this process can benefit your organization.

Which of these cybersecurity resources and tips did you find most helpful? Why?

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